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4 Your Health: Pokemon Go short on fitness

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Tucson- While playing Pokemon Go may encourage exercise among adults, it doesn't last very long.

Harvard University researchers tracked more than 1,000 adults who down-loaded the popular reality game.

During the first week, they averaged an additional 955 steps. That totals about half of the World Health Organization's recommendation for physical activity.

But as their interest in the game declined so did  their step count and the effect was lost after just six weeks of chasing the elusive Pokemon characters.

Also, people who truly enjoy their golden years, may live longer.

A new study of over 9,000 seniors revealed the happiest had a 24 percent lower risk of early death than those who felt the least joy.

Women were more likely than men to report a high enjoyment of life which was also true among those who were younger, married, well educated and wealthy.

And teens who spend hours on their phones, tablets or computers may be at risk for obesity.

A Harvard University study found that about 20 percent of teens spend more than five hours a day on some type of small screen. Those children were 43 percent more likely to be obese than those with no screen time.

They also drank more sugary beverages, got less sleep and exercised less.

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